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Syrian army getting ready to solve 'Idlib' 'terrorism' problem: Russia

Idlib is held by a complex array of rebels and jihadists, many of whom have been blacklisted as 'terrorists' by world powers

AFP/PTI  |  Moscow 

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. Photo: Reuters

The said Tuesday the Syrian army is getting ready to solve the problem of "terrorism" in the rebel stronghold of Idlib, apparently referring to a looming regime offensive.

"We know that the Syrian armed forces are getting ready to solve this problem," President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, calling a "pocket of terrorism".

He did not release a timeframe, however, he also could not comment on reports that Russian warplanes had carried out air strikes on earlier Tuesday. The Russian defence ministry did not immediately comment.

Peskov said numerous "terrorists" are holed up in the country's last rebel stronghold, leading to a "general destabilisation of the situation."

"This undermines attempts to push the situation towards a political and diplomatic settlement and most importantly presents a significant threat for our temporary facilities," he added. "No doubt one needs to deal with this problem."


is held by a complex array of rebels and jihadists, many of whom have been blacklisted as "terrorists" by world powers.

forces are now massing around the northwestern province in preparation for the assault.

US President on Monday warned against launching an attack on Idlib with the help of and Iran, saying the offensive could trigger a "human tragedy".

Peskov took issue with Trump's warning, saying the situation could have "dangerous, negative" consequences for the entire country.

First Published: Tue, September 04 2018. 19:01 IST
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